Category: Partner News

5G Americas White Paper

5G Americas – 5G – Today and Tomorrow

5G Americas, an NGMN Cooperation Partner, published a White Paper: Implications of a Transformational Technology, produced by Rysavy Research and 5G Americas technical experts. This paper explores the intensifying role of wireless communications, the evolution of its technology, emerging services and use cases, and a timeline of future developments through 2030.
“The transition to 5G has been happening simultaneously with continued advances in 4G LTE,” stated Peter Rysavy, President of Rysavy Research and the author of the report. “5G will transform wireless network capability by facilitating extremely dense deployments, harnessing spectrum never before available for cellular systems, being able to use extremely wide radio channels, employing virtualization methods, and supporting new ultra reliable and low latency applications.”

Chris Pearson, President of 5G Americas commented, “We can foresee potential next generation developments through 2030, considered ‘beyond 5G’ that could result in theoretical peak speeds of up to one terabit per second (Tbps). The mobile wireless industry does not stand still and has historically shown that innovative enhancements to improve mobile technology will continue into the future.”

The report takes a speculative look forward through 2030 at applications, radios and networks for 5G beyond 3GPP Release 17:

  • Applications: wireline broadband replacement viable for nearly all users; with computer miniaturization and AI, an augmented-reality overlay on human experience will be created; device interaction will be touchless, based on natural human voice communication or gestures; wearable devices will become ubiquitous, either in watches, implanted in our bodies, or in our ears; super high video, immersive telepresence and 3D holographic communications
  • Radios: spectrum use expansion from 100 GHz limit of 5G to 400-7000 GHz or the terahertz frequency; free-space optical communiations; anticipated 1000 simultaneous antenna beams that reach 10 Tbps aggregated throughput; AI-based spectrum sharing approaches; wireless energy transfer for extended or infinite battery life
  • Networks: ultra-densification with wireless self-backhaul; augmented non-terrestial networks including low earth orbitting (LEO) satellites, UAVs and high altitude platform stations; virtualization of every aspect of network except radio head using open interfaces; greater adoption by enterprises of private cellular networks; distributed computer intelligence with widespread adoption of edge computing; AI from cloud to edge to device; quantum computing.
Huber Suhner

Faster surfing with the first small cell antennas for 5G

Deutsche Telekom is preparing its network for the introduction of 5G small cell antennas. To achieve this, it is working with NGMN partner HUBER+SUHNER, a specialist for electrical and optical connectivity. The Swiss company has developed five small cell antennas for Deutsche Telekom that support 4G and 5G frequencies. The antennas cover the frequency range from 1.7 to 4.2 GHz. Small cells are small amplifiers for the mobile communication network. They enable the targeted expansion of data throughput in locations where a large number of customers are on the move or surfing.

HUBER+SUHNER Small Cell Antenna

The new small cell antennas are initially operating in Deutsche Telekom’s 4G network. Once the 5G spectrum is available, the small cells can be upgraded to 5G in just a few simple steps. The antennas will be used for the first time in Kiel, Lüneburg, Osnabrück, Munich and Mülheim.
In the future, small cells will play an increased role in Telekom’s network. Within the area they cover, they provide a significant increase in data capacity. Currently, up to an additional 150 Mbps. The new antenna types from HUBER+SUHNER feature MIMO technology (Multiple Input Multiple Output), which enables a further increase in quality. This technology uses multiple antennas – both on the transmitter and in the receiving device – to provide higher data throughput.

“Small cell antennas are a key element of our expansion strategy. The new antennas enable us to provide targeted coverage of squares and streets. This will enable us to create more capacity in the inner cities and thus further optimise our network,” says Walter Goldenits, Head of Technology at Telekom Deutschland. “One great additional benefit of the antennas from our Swiss partner is the flexible handling: we can switch over to 5G in just a few simple steps.”

“It was a challenge to develop small cell antennas that support both 4G and 5G technology, and with a small footprint that enables them to be integrated properly into the cityscape,” says Claudia Bartholdi, Product Manager at HUBER+SUHNER.

Small cells are required to provide future 4G and 5G coverage in urban areas. In combination with traditional mast locations, small cells provide the network coverage and capacity needed to support an ever-increasing number of wireless devices.


Radiall joins the NGMN Alliance as newest Partner

Paris, France, July 8, 2019
Radiall, an industry leader in interconnect design, development and manufacturing, is thrilled to announce that they joined the NGMN Alliance as its newest Partner.

Committed to the future of the industry, Radiall invests around 8 percent of its revenue to research and development – twice the industry standard. As part of its work in the telecommunications industry, Radiall provides the technology that will support the network shift from 4G to 5G. Radiall has introduced new equipment and standards to the redefined Radio Access Network (RAN). Radiall’s commitment to research and development looks to enhance the ongoing work of the NGMN Alliance towards next-generation networks.

“Radiall has a comprehensive range of products that provides the telecom industry with cutting-edge solutions for harsh outdoor environments. With our RF coax, RF cable assemblies and fiber optics, coupled with industry-leading electrical and mechanical performance, we enable high-speed communication for people across the globe,” said Sebastien Roy, Head of RF&I Marketing at Radiall. “As telecommunications infrastructure grows, so does Radiall. We are glad to be a part of the NGMN Alliance and join its Partners working towards the next generation of networks and technology.”

Radiall’s extensive research and product development in small cells and antennas will significantly support the current developments that NGMN is leading, such as the Base Station Antenna Requirements and Cluster Connector projects. These projects aim to help the industry increase the capacity of wireless networks, improve coverage in dense metropolitan areas and reduce cost for operators deploying networks.

“NGMN is very pleased to welcome Radiall as a member of the Alliance as we continue to focus on the ongoing efforts that are vital to the advancement of next-generation networks,” said Peter Meissner, CEO of NGMN. “Radiall’s work in facilitating the transition from 4G to 5G is very important, and we are looking forward to working together in the coming months as 5G deployments around the world continue to take shape.”

“It is this forward-planning and creative thinking of all our Partners that we advocate for the NGMN Alliance. As 5G trials and launches are in progress, industry stakeholders need to come together in order to ensure next-generation networks are successfully rolled out around the world,” said Peter Meissner. “The NGMN Alliance will undoubtedly benefit from the knowledge and expertise that Radiall can provide.”


China grants 5G licenses for commercial use, starting new era in telecom industry

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on Thursday granted 5G licenses for commercial use, marking the beginning of a new era in the country’s telecommunication industry.

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Avanci News

Avanci Announces New Patent License Agreements with Audi and Porsche

Porsche AG and Audi AG Become Licensees of the Avanci Marketplace, Obtaining a License to Essential Patented Technology for Present and Future Connected Cars.

Avanci announced it has signed patent license agreements with Audi and Porsche. Both companies will use Avanci’s open marketplace to obtain licenses to the patented wireless technology of many different patent owners. The licenses granted by Avanci include all 2G, 3G, and 4G essential patents owned by twenty-four different patent owners. In addition, the licenses will include all essential patents owned by other companies that join Avanci in the future.

“Our agreements with Audi and Porsche demonstrate our focus on streamlining patent licensing through the Avanci marketplace,” said Kasim Alfalahi, founder and chief executive officer of Avanci. “Ultimately, we’re focused on a better way forward, helping ensure continued investments in the Internet of Things, and providing an efficient licensing process while reducing risks and transactional costs for all involved. We are very pleased to have two market leaders such as Audi and Porsche receive the benefits that the Avanci marketplace provides and look forward to adding more patent owners and licensees to the marketplace in the future.”


ETSI re-elects Director General Luis Jorge Romero

Sophia Antipolis During their 73rd General Assembly, 2-3 April 2019, ETSI members re-elected the current ETSI Director General Mr. Luis Jorge Romero with an overwhelming majority on the first ballot.

Luis Jorge Romero, first elected as ETSI’s Director General 8 years ago, outlined his achievements over this period. “These years provided ETSI with a valid and solid foundation. We embraced many technologies, including artificial intelligence, network virtualization or blockchain to name a few, thanks to a team who keeps updated on new technologies and trends” he said. He pointed out the governance, financial stability and new working methods of ETSI over the years and reminded members that ETSI addresses both European and global needs, is versatile and inclusive in its membership and culture.

ETSI’s Director General is elected for a five-year term of office, which may be extended by the members for a further three years.

Mr. Romero has 30 years’ experience in the telecommunications sector. Previously he has held diverse Director positions in Spain, Morocco and Mexico, predominantly with Telefónica. As Global Director for International Roaming and Standards, and Director of Innovation and Standards, he oversaw Telefónica’s participation in global standardization activities, and participated directly in the work of the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance and in the GSM Association (GSMA). Before joining ETSI, he also held the position of Director General of Innosoft and was also a partner and board member of the Madrid-based Innology Ventures.


GSMA on European Union risking to undercut Europe’s 5G future with its Connected Car legislation

Today the European Commission made a technology choice in its Connected Car Legislation that, in the view of the GSMA, undercuts its own 5G Action Plan and jeopardises its digital competitiveness; the Commission has chosen to ignore technological innovation and choice, and instead stick with an outdated wi-fi (802.11p) technology for connected vehicles. The GSMA urges EU Member States and the European Parliament to reject the proposed rules that favour wi-fi technology to connect cars across Europe, and instead maintain flexibility to encourage the deployment of more advanced technologies, like Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) connectivity.

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CEN/CENELEC Workshop Agreements published

CEN/CENELEC: “Principles and guidance for licensing Standard Essential Patents in 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT), including the Industrial Internet”:

CEN/CELELEC: “Core Principles and Approaches for Licensing of Standard Essential Patents”:

Taiwan 5G Alliance-CHT Pilot Team Signs MoU with Korea 5G Forum

NGMN partner and Board member Chunghwa Telecom said the “Taiwan 5G Alliance – CHT Pilot Team” had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with “Korea 5G Forum” to establish a strategic partnership in 5G development. The CHT Pilot Team is organized by Chunghwa Telecom under the supervision of Ministry of Economic Affairs (MoEA).

SEVP & CTO of Chunghwa Telecom and co-CEO of CHT Pilot Team, Kuo Feng LIN said, “The significance of establishing Taiwan 5G Alliance – CHT Pilot Team is to integrate the domestic energy to lead the Taiwan industry by leveraging its existing hardware manufacturing capabilities with ICT soft power to develop innovative applications as well as laying an important position for Taiwan in 5G global economy. Korea is one of the leading 5G developing countries, we are glad to establish partnership with 5G Forum and anticipate it to accelerate Taiwan’s 5G industry development be geared to international standards. ”

Chairman of Executive Committee of the 5G Forum, Dong Ku KIM said, “We appreciate Taiwan 5G Alliance – CHT Pilot Team’s efforts and contribution in promoting the 5G industry in Taiwan. It is a great honor for us to establish partnership with CHT Pilot Team. We expect it will facilitate the future cooperation between South Korea and Taiwan telecom and ICT industries via this platform and to further explore new innovative applications in vertical industries.”

In November 2018, Chunghwa Telecom obtained the 5G trial network license issued by NCC, the telecom regulator in Taiwan. The 5G trial networks will be opened to the members of CHT Pilot Team for equipment interoperability testing and innovation applications verification to assist improve industrial competitiveness in Taiwan.